Most people may think of Texas as a vast landscape of ranches and oil derrick’s. Where everyone wears a ten-gallon hat and chews tobacco, but we Texan’s know better. So while Texas might not be high on the list of cool places to elope…..AT FIRST, I’m here to show you why it should be! Born and raised in Texas I have learned all about the beauty Texas has to offer. One cool thing about Texas is the diversity of its landscapes! We have beautiful pine forests, beaches, rivers, waterfalls, desert AND mountains!! You can learn so much more about Texas Geography and Regions here.
While I wouldn’t recommend eloping here in the summer months, the rest of the year has amazing weather. With temps being so mild during the winter months it makes for a great destination for those wanting to get away from the snow and cold of the northern states.
See below for some of the best places to Elope in Texas….
Looking for a super fun quirky spot to elope? Look no further than Marfa. Its more than just a place, its a state of mind. It seriously has some of the coolest vibes around! They have live music, art galleries, star gazing, yoga, mystery lights and great food. Marfa is great for those looking to get away and relax but not have to spend all day hiking. If you want a seriously amazing place to stay check out El Cosmico! There is the most adorable little chapel within a 10 minute drive to say your I DO’s before setting off for an adventure around the town. Then sit down for a tasty dinner at one their amazing restaurants before heading back for cake and a first dance as the stars begin to shine.
#4 MONOHANS SANDHILLS
Who needs to travel to the Saharas when we have Monohans? Monahans Sandhills State Park is truly an otherworldly experience. With 3,840 acres of rolling sands, peaks, and valleys, stretching northwest for almost 200 miles all the way to New Mexico, you’ll think you’ve entered an entirely different country. Imagine saying your vows under the colors of the sunrise and then spending the rest of the day exploring the dunes and rolling down the hills on sand disks. We can even go so far as to rent camels if your up for it! Then set up a gorgeous picnic under a canopy and feed each other grapes as you end the day watching the sun set on the sand.
# 3 TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
There are SO many little hidden gems for elopements/weddings in the Hill Country! Lost Maples State Natural Area, Pedernales Falls State Park, Hamilton Pool, McKinney Falls and last but not least Enchanted Rock. These are just a few of my favorites in the Hill Country area! There are a TON of amazing Air-BNB’s and places to stay around the Hill Country. Which also means there are a ton of things to do as well! The Hill Country is also well known for its Wineries. How romantic would it be to get married at one of these locations, go explore a winery together and then come back to relax at your gorgeous Air-BNB?
#2 PALO DURO CANYON
Also known as The Grand Canyon of Texas, Palo Duro is the second largest canyon in the country. Palo Duro is 120 miles long, has a width of 6 to 20 miles and a depth of 850 to 1000 feet. Certainly not a small hole! There are so many fun trails to hike and explore on foot, bike or even horseback. The sunsets can be absolutely unreal out here. As the sun sets and the stars start to peek out at you, the cries of coyotes can be heard off in the distance. Talk about pure peace!
#1 BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – An oasis of Darkness
Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would fall so in love with a place as I did with Big Bend. It is SO INCREDIBLY remote and untouched and just WILD. As one of the darkest places in the lower 48 it makes the star gazing some of the best in the U.S. If you take the time to explore all of the different areas of the park it changes so vastly from one place to another its amazing. One minute your in the desert and then you take the road up to Chisos Basin and the temps drop and you feel like you’ve entered a forest in the PNW. One of my biggest tips is don’t attempt to come here in the summer months. ITS BRUTAL! October-early May is the best weather. My favorite time to come is in early Spring when all the desert flowers are blooming. Its amazing to see how much plant life and color there can be in the desert.
Now that I have shown you all the amazing things Texas has to offer lets go have an adventure together and let us help you say I DO Texas style!
Oh wow! Texas looks so beautiful. It would be hard to choose where to elope
Thank you for all the awesome locataion ideas!! Definitely saving this for when we come to Texas.
I clearly need to check out more of Texas! What a diverse landscape. Seems like the prefect place to elope for all the southwest lovers out there.
So helpful and I can’t believe this is all Texas! I need to come see it all!
So informational! I never new about any of these places. Great suggestions for elopement locations in Texas!
this is helpful!!! Texas seems to have a bunch of options that are great!
Woooooowwwww these spots are so stunning!! A photographer’s dream to shoot in!!
You really got me feeling some type of way about an elopement in Texas! This is so informative, and I would have never known about these spots. Thank you for compiling all of this helpful information – Monohans Sandhills & Texas Hill Country look exquisite!
I would have personally never thought of Texas as an elopement destination, but this guide has some pretty awesome location ideas. Especially like the funkiness of Marfa and how beautiful Big Bend National Park is!